Friday, September 14, 2007
improvements? Keep doing what you do Uncle Bob and I wish everyone a great school year.
It was very nice being in class with all of you for the past three weeks. I learned a lot about my classmates and my papers. I have a new respect for all of you and I hope you all do well here at The Ohio State University. I also hope that I get Mr. Bob as an english teacher sometime throughout the year. There is nothing really that I would suggest to change the class for the better. I like it just how it is. Although I would suggest that you keep the defining moment essay (I liked that the most), because this is where you learn how to express yourself and get to know your classmates a lot better.
~Jennifer E. Williams~
Thursday, September 13, 2007
As we arrive to the stadium, all I can notice is how huge it is. I cannot believe that a high school field can look like this. I can swear we went to a college stadium. All we can hear was the rival team’s band, one of the hottest high school bands, as if they wanted their tunes to intimidate us. Our band didn’t come and they knew it. They scream that they are the “Best Band in the Land” and that our band is scared. They pump the crowd with hip-hop beats. The crowd gets hype. They yell for us to go home and that we are in “Their House.” We still keep our heads up, quiet, waiting to step onto the field.
I spend the next few hours preparing myself, as I go into a secret corner in the locker-room, shutting my ears off from everything but the sounds of Dru Hill’s “I Should Be”. It keeps me calm and patient. I put all my gear on: my blue socks, my blue pants with my leg pads in the pockets, my blue long sleeve under armor, my shoulder pads, my white wrist bands with a blue and gold 28, my white and blue jersey, my cleats and finally my gold helmet with the trademark blue paw print. I’m ready.
The time is now. It’s game time! I hear my teammates and me screaming in excitement and rage, ready to bring everything we got. I step on the field. I hear the band playing, the crowd cheering, and both teams trash talking each other. As I see the other team I think to myself “Damn, these boys are huge, but ain’t nothing gonna stop us!” The main wide receiver looks about 6 foot and is almost 200 lbs. and his back-up wasn’t too much smaller. All the linemen are close to 250 lbs. and were mostly muscle weight. Our dedicated fans who decided to make the long trip arrived. That just raised the heat. The crowds are shouting back in forth. There’s a “Go BI” here and a “Let’s beat them” there. There are also a few “Kill them mother******s” shouted out.
The coin is flipped. We get the ball first. First play of the game, I watch our star running back planting his foot for a juke and the next thing I know, he is holding his ankle in pain. All I can say is Oh Sh**! The offence just shut down. None of the back-ups were tough enough to carry the load. The defense is stopping their offence but there is only so much we can do when the offence can’t make a first down. They pull off a few touchdowns on us. I feel devastated but I am not crushed yet.
The first half goes horrible as I go back in the locker room with the score saying 21-0. There’s silence, I can feel the heart of my teammates drop. There are words of doubt and anger towards each other. I hear a teammate say that it’s over, that we lost. Others tell him to shut the hell up. They scream back and forth and the tension rise. I stay by myself, listening to the commotion. The arguing continues until a senior player quiets everything down. I hear him saying, “We’re suppose to be a team. What the hell is wrong with ya’ll. We have all this energy to fight each other but why aren’t we fighting them niggers out there?” his words fell on dead ears. They lost their will to play. I just want to know when this nightmare will end.
The second half is on. It’s not about winning now, it’s about respect. Coach wanted to evaluate the younger players, so I had to watch most of the second half on the sideline. “Damn I want to get on the field…” I don’t want to see these kids throw my last game away. I hated every minute that I had to sit out, especially for an underclassman. I couldn’t stand to watch my team being destroyed. I demanded to go back in, “Coach let me in. you see they’re just running all over them. He’s getting burnt every play.” I continued to annoy him until he finally said, “Russell get in there and you better not f*** up.” Even though the game was basically over I still played with all my heart. I tackled anyone in my way, even if they didn’t have the ball.
I see the clock, 3, 2, 1 buzzzzzzz! Game Over! We lost 28-0. I fell to my knees in disappointment and felt my tears turn to steam as they fell down my cheek. I didn’t want to congratulate the other team, but I had to out off good sportsmanship. Their eyes taunted me, they fueled my anger even the more. We huddle up. I didn’t hear a word coach said… I couldn’t; it didn’t matter to me. My high school football career was over. The chances to play in front of my friends and family are over. As I started towards the locker room, I felt my father’s hand on my shoulder. He hugged me and told me that I played a good game. That still couldn’t wipe the tears off my eyes.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Are the effects of marijuana worse than the effects of alcohol consumption? My research paper is going to cover the long and short term effects of smoking marijuana vs. the long and short term effects of alcohol.
The conventional wisdom is according to the law marijuana is worse, because it is illegal.
My topic is the effect of soccer on a nation. The question i am proposing is how soccer has the ability to bring a nation together during a time of crisis. Outside of the united states most people will converse with me in a positive way. they will agree with me when i say soccer has an effect on a nations crisis and politics. in the united states, no one will really care except for the die hard soccer fans.
my research question is that are emotional and financial difficulties the only problems faced by single parent families?
the nummber of single parent families are increasing so much that, it is redefining the meaning of nuclear family, from consisting of a mother, a father and children to a parent, either father or mother, and children.
My research topic will be "Favoritism and Divorce." The question that I am posing is "What are the effects of favoritism on teenagers?" There are teenagers who are affected by favoritism after a divorce. They might have younger siblings who have been favored by one or both parents. Teenagers might need attention as well as thier siblings, especially if they have not matured by the time the divorce takes place.
This topic is important is important to me because when my grandmother needed to look for an assisted living home, we barely had the money to afford it. In order to pay for it, she had to use her bank account and now thousands of dollars is being taken from her every month. If the money was moved she would of been sued, so once her bank account is depleted if we don't have the money she will be kicked out. I want to research this topic because i want to know what can be done to help people recieve the help that they need.
My research topic is titled "Drugs and Poverty in the African American community". My research question is : How is Drugs related to Poverty in the African American community? I choose to write about this topic because I have personal experience with these two things. Several members my family have been involved with drugs, thus causing them to fall deeper into poverty. I just want people to understand that although drugs and poverty are two different things, they are closely related.
My topic is "Prison and the Black Man: The Effects of the American Jail System Throughout History." My question that I will be researching is: "How can and how has jail affected the black community (specifically black males)? The conventional wisdom concering this topic is that black males are irresponsible, they have no goals, and are destined to become a number in the penitentiary . I have a personal connection with this issue because my father was and currently is included in the vast number of African-American inmates in the U.S.
The conventionl wisdom is that people who drink only drink to have fun, and that it only hurts the one who drinks in the long run. But this is proven to be wrong, because of studies conducted on students with alcoholic parents.
I have personally witnesses the effect alcohol has on the immediate family, because my family had to suffer through trying to support my father's habit.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
luckily, i guess, even though i am sad i am gonna miss it, the class for monday was scheduled to visit the library....a librarian there Cyndi Preston will give you a presentation and effective research techniques, then you will have a lot of time to actually start your research.
so, in that time, please start finding books/articles/materials for use with whatever topic you have selected. if you haven't picked just one topic, use this time to do preliminary research and decide what research materials are available and then make a decision.
again, i am so sorry i am not there. we have a LOT of work to do in this the final week of the course...but at least your class-time monday will be spent very very productively.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Hello everyone! I am Brandon Smith, hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. I graduated last year from Southwest Dekalb High School in Decatur. Musis is one of my biggest hobbies. I love all types of music ranging from hip-hop and R&B to rock and alternative. In a sense I don't label music genres. I also write music in my spare time. I'll find a song off the radio and transpose it to sheet music. That's pretty fun. I might be playing in the athletic band sometime during my college career. Besides music, I enjoy playing tennis and basketball.
Personality wise, I'm pretty laid-back. Many would describe me as somewhat of an "old-spirit" because of some of the things that I believe in. My morals are pretty good and I'm very friendly. My plans for college are to be very sociable with the people at Ohio State, along with attaining a master's degree in some form of business (right now, it's marketing).
OH-IO GO BUCKS!!!!
My favorite singer is Beyonce because she is really pretty and I feel that she is a real women because she is so independent and she doesnt need Jay because she has her own money!! I think Trey Songz is one of the sexiest men alive beside Chris Brown, Brad Pitt and Johny Deep. My biggest fear is becoming a statistic and my biggest dream is becoming the world NEXT TOP MODEL.
My name is Ie'lana Qualls. I am from right here in Columbus, OH-IO ( Buckeye favorite chant!!) I am the youngest of five girls and I come from a very family oriented background. My best friend's name is Jared and we have a very special relationship. My favorite season is autumn which is coincidentally the season that I happened to be born in. I love sports and I am an athlete myself mainly involved in : basketball, running and tennis. I am pursuing a career to become a pharmacist and my academics remain the top priority in my life!
I enjoy reading various pieces of literature and some books that I have come to admire are The Autobiography of Malcolm X, The Great Gatsby, and Jane Eyre. I am outgoing and play video games from time to time such as FIFA 07, Halo, Guitar Hero, and Gears of War. I love to stay in shape and to eat healthy. One interesting fact about myself is that I was born in Italy and speak fluent Italian. I go on vacation every other summer to visit friends and just relax. Music plays a strong part of my life because it helps me focus on whatever i need to at the moment.Attending The Ohio State University is already becoming a great experience. I plan to major in Pharmacy, although until then I am still trying to explore other medical fields. Graduating from this institution will be a great achievement which I wish to accomplish.
Monday, August 27, 2007
OMA Bridge Class
Instructor: Bob Eckhart
Course Description: There will be three writing assignments: First-day Writing, Defining Moment Essay, and Research Paper. You will give a short powerpoint presentation about your research paper, and we will also discuss parts of Warriors Don't Cry.
Objectives: The objectives are very simple:to teach you the writing process and acquaint you with academic writing. Also, I hope this course can help you down the path to discover your voice as a writer.
Course blog: http://bridgeclass2007.blogspot.com/ This will be the main resource site for our class...you should refer to it for information about assignments.
First-day essay. This is a 50-minute timed writing assignment on a topic which is given to you. At the end of class, please print two copies...one for me and one for you. For homework, please read and revise your effort. At the beginning of class Tuesday, I will give you time to improve your original effort and turn in another version of it. This essay will be 1-2 pages long.
Defining moment essay. We will start this assignment on Wednesday of Week 1 and spend the rest of the week on it. Each of us has many identities—for example, i am a son, brother, uncle...a cross-country biker, a shortstop, a piano player, etc—so pick one facet of your identity and write about the moment that defined this identity. This essay will be 2-3 pages long.
Research paper. Either based on your reading of Warriors Don't Cry, or your defining moment essay, you will generate a research question to try and answer in the last two weeks of the class. This will be an MLA-style paper, written using three sources, and in-text citations. I will show you how to do all of this in class and the research paper is merely an opportunity to experiment with these new skills. This paper will be 5-7 pages long.
It is important that you become comfortable presenting information to your classmates. So, I will help familiarize yourself with this important program and compile your research findings into an interactive and engaging 5-minute presentation, which you will deliver to your classmates on the last day (or two) of class.